A 13-year-old blind piano player from West Yorkshire is set to feature in the final of Channel 4’s The Piano, which aims to find the UK’s best-undiscovered pianist.
Claudia Winkleman presents the Channel 4 show alongside singer-songwriter Mika and Chinese pianist Lang Lang who scoured the country to find the best-undiscovered talent.
West Yorkshire’s Lucy will feature in the final alongside 25-year-old Jay from the Isle of Wight, 27-year-old Sean from Edinburgh and 26-year-old Danny from Manchester.
Watch Lucy’s Incredible Chopin Performance At Leeds Train Station Below:
Lucy will be going into the final as the youngest contestant after being discovered playing her rendition of Chopin’s Nocturne in B-Flat minor which left Mika and Lang Lang speechless with one bystander in the video seen crying at the beautiful song.
Mika said upon hearing: “Magical things happen with music that are against all odds and all limitations. It’s astonishing when it happens. When it happened in Leeds, when Lucy performed, it was jaw-dropping.
“It was the most humbling thing you could possibly see. We didn’t expect any of this. She’s not playing to be a superstar. She’s not playing to sell millions of records or get millions of streams.
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“For a lot of people, the piano is their voice. It comes back to this really important thing. We make music to express what we cannot express with words. Whether we don’t have the words or we don’t know how to use them, it doesn’t matter.”
The finalist were all discovered after playing on public pianos across some of Britain’s busiest train stations and will now play a final concert at London’s Royal Festival Hall, which will air tonight on Channel 4.
Lucy developed her skills through the musical charity The Amber Trust and her mother Candice reflected on Lucy’s experience saying: “It’s a once in a lifetime experience that neither of us will ever forget. It was literally life changing, these kind of events don’t usually happen in our lives.
“I was so impressed how Lang Lang and Mika were so good with Lucy, they were totally respectful of her needs. And to see that these two maestros were in awe of her made my heart burst with emotion.”
If you’d like to watch the final of The Piano: The Final it airs tonight on Channel 4 on March 14th at 9pm.
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Feature Image Credit: Channel 4